Meet our Team
Dave Luvin: Co-owner and Lead Teacher
Born in Kansas City, Dave started playing guitar at an early age. He studied with different local Jazz guitarists as a teen, later receiving his music degrees by attending University of Central Missouri and McNally and Smith College of Music in Minneapolis. Dave has studied privately with Jazz greats Ray Brown and Anthony Cox. He has over 30 years teaching, playing and touring experience. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and skills to others.
Dawn Luvin: Co-owner and Business Manager
With over ten years of entrepreneurship both in the United States and the UK, Dawn Luvin is behind the scenes working tirelessly to ensure the school, teachers and students are all running smoothly. Additionally, her experience working with children and within the SEN sector allows her to contribute in producing bespoke lessons and workshops designed to ensure music is accessible to all ages and abilities. Dawn has a passion for outreach and building relationships. She works incredibly hard to ensure the students and families walk into a fun and enjoyable, musical, learning hub.
Hayley Williams: Vocal Teacher
Since graduating from a Popular Music and Recording (BA Hons) course at The University of Salford in 2010, Hayley has honed her talents as both a performance artist, session singer and teacher both within the UK and abroad. With a wealth of experience behind her, She brings a unique, fun and dynamic approach to her teaching and is very popular at the school. She is experienced in prepping her students for grades and works hard to provide them with a positive learning experience.
Joe Sharples - Piano and Trombone Teacher
Joe gained his bachelor’s degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, and since then has been working as a freelance performer and educator. He has studied with various renowned pedagogues. Joe has an extensive array of experience as a performer, including the U.K premier of Krzysztof Penderecki’s seventh symphony with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, as well as winning the International Trombone Association’s Emory Remington competition in New York as a member of the RNCM Trombone Choir. he has performed in festivals across the world. As an educator Joe has delivered various workshops with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s outreach team, as well as working as a private trombone/piano tutor for over four years. He is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher that strives to support each student on their own unique musical path.
Jen Langton-Sneyd - Vocal Teacher
Since graduating from the RNCM with both a degree in Session Musicianship and a MMus in Popular Music Performance, Jen has been teaching vocals both as a private vocal coach and as a Lecturer in Voice and Musical Theatre at the University of Chester. She is a member of the British Voice Association and is the lead singer for Red Room Band, which she has run for the past ten years with her husband, Mike. A self-described voice nerd, Jen is passionate about helping people of all ages find their voice.
Ian Bell – Drum Teacher
Ian has been playing drums for over 40 years. As a teenager he studied privately with Malcolm Garrett
(Head of percussion at Birmingham Conservatoire) and since then has played in a wide variety of contexts from musical theatre to rock, soul and jazz. Jazz is his first musical love and he has been fortunate to play with such figures as Gary Boyle, Steve Berry and Lianne Carroll amongst many others. He is a qualified primary teacher / music coordinator with over 20 years experience and has taught classroom music to children from 4 to 18. He has also taught drums privately for many years. Ian always ensures that lessons are fun and transmits the sheer gleeful joy of playing drums to his students.
Phil Bennett: Drum Teacher
Phil has been playing the drums for 30 years. He graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Popular Music in 2003. Since then he has been working as a freelance drummer in Manchester and covering a broad range of genres, playing gigs and shows across the country. He started his teaching practice in 2010 and has taught numerous pupils in schools and privately ever since. He is a well liked, and respected teacher at the school by colleagues, students and parents and his ability to adjust his teaching practise according to his students needs makes him one of our busiest teachers.
Ollie Walton: Piano Teacher
We would like to welcome Ollie, our newest member to the school, starting with us in July 2020. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Ollie has performed all over the world with artists such as New Order, Garage Classical and Pee-Wee Ellis. He has taught at the acclaimed Dulwich College in Beijing and has been teaching specialised one to one piano lessons for the past 10 years. With his energy and positivity he keeps lessons fun and engaging.
Jake Stentiford: Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Teacher
Jake is a highly experienced musician and gigs regularly in the Manchester area, as well as around the UK. He has over 17 years experience of playing guitar and graduated with a degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University in 2009. He is able to teach a range of styles including Rock, Pop, Funk, RnB and Blues on Electric Guitar to more folk and country based, finger picking on Acoustic Guitar.